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The Therapist's Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling I
Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy

ISBN 9780789029911
Published September 28, 2006 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

Learn to initiate the integration of your clients’ spirituality as an effective practical intervention.

A client’s spiritual and religious beliefs can be an effective springboard for productive therapy. How can a therapist sensitively prepare for the task? The Therapist’s Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling is the first volume of a comprehensive two-volume resource that provides practical interventions from a wide range of backgrounds and theoretical perspectives. This volume helps prepare clinicians to undertake and initiate the integration of spirituality in therapy with clients and provides easy-to-follow examples. The book provides a helpful starting point to address a broad range of topics and problems.

The chapters of The Therapist’s Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling are grouped into five sections: Therapist Preparation and Professional Development; Assessment of Spirituality; Integrating Spirituality in Couples Therapy; Specific Techniques and/or Topics Used in Integrating Spirituality; and Use of Scripture, Prayer, and Other Spiritual Practices.

Designed to be clinician-friendly, each chapter also includes sections on resources where counselors can learn more about the topic or technique used in the chapter—as well as suggested books, articles, chapters, videos, and Web sites to recommend to clients. Each chapter utilizes similar formatting to remain clear and easy-to-follow that includes objectives, rationale for use, instructions, brief vignette, suggestions for follow-up, contraindications, references, professional readings and resources, and bibliotherapy sources for the client.

The first volume of The Therapist’s Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling helps set a solid foundation and provides comprehensive instruction on:

  • ethically incorporating spirituality into the therapeutic setting
  • professional disclosure
  • building a spiritual referral source through local clergy
  • assessment of spirituality
  • the spirituality-focused genogram
  • using spirituality in couples therapy
  • helping couples face career transitions
  • dealing with shame
  • addiction recovery
  • the use of scripture and prayer
  • overcoming trauma in Christian clients
  • and much more!

The Therapist’s Notebook for Integrating Spirituality in Counseling is a stimulating, creative resource appropriate for any clinician or counselor, from novices to experienced mental health professionals. This first volume is perfect for pastoral counselors, clergy, social workers, marriage and family therapists, counselors, psychologists, Christian counselors, educators who teach professional issues, ethics, counseling, and multicultural issues, and students.

Table of Contents

About the Editors. Contributors. Sprenkle,Foreword.  Preface. Acknowledgments.  Section I: Therapist Preparation and Professional Development.  Ford Sori, Biank, &  Helmeke, Spiritual Self-Care of the Therapist.  Berardi Maher, Incorporating Spirituality into the Therapeutic Setting: Safeguarding Ethical Use of Spirituality Through Therapist Self-Reflection.  Powell & Craig, Spirituality and Professional Disclosure.  Helmeke & White, Networking with Local Clergy: A Resource for Building a Spiritual Referral Source.  Section II: Assessment of Spirituality.  Killmer, Conducting Spiritual Dialogue in Therapy.   Eichler et al., Using the Strengths Assessment to Mobilize Spiritual Resources.  Balaguer Dunn & Massey, The Spirituality-Focused Genogram: A Tool for Exploring Spirituality and the Spiritual Resources of Individuals, Couples, and Families in Context.  Berardi Maher, Impact of Abuse on Internalized God Images: Spiritual Assessment and Treatment Using Guided Imagery.  Hargrave & Williams, Developing Forgiveness.  Section III: Integrating Spirituality In Couples Therapy.  Baca, Schafer, & Helmeke, Empathic Attunement in Marital Therapy As a Spiritual State: Some Thoughts and Strategies for Its Development.  Michael, Developing a Couples Mission Statement: A Resource for Couples Facing Career Decisions/Transitions.  Mamalakis, WWJD: Using a Couple’s Faith to Fall Back in Love.  Shaw, I Reject That Shame.  Section IV: Specific Techniques and/or Topics Used in Integrating Spirituality.  Horak, I Am Not Worthy: Shame and Spirituality.  States, Reconnection: The Spiritual Journey in Recovery. Ford Sori et al., Take Two and Call Me in the Morning: Using Religious Humor in Therapy.  Priester &. Carlstrom, Using Popular Films to Integrate Spirituality in Counseling: Smoke Signals and Forgiveness.  Vaughn & Swanson, “Any Life Can Be Fascinating”: Using Spiritual Autobiography As an Adjunct to Therapy.  Section V: Use of Scripture, Prayer, and Other Spiritual Practices.  Ford Sori & McKinney, Free at Last! Using Scriptural Affirmations to Replace Self-Defeating Thoughts.  Balswick, Biblical Means to Therapeutic Healing.  Jankowski, Facilitating Change Through Contemplative Prayer.  Duncan, Using Concepts of NTU Psychotherapy to Encourage the Use of Prayer: Overcoming Distress and Trauma in Christian Clients. Killmer, The Use of Spiritual Practices in Conjunction with Therapy with Christian Examples.  Horneffer,
Embracing Emotional Pain As a Means of Spiritual Growth: Tools from the East.  Priester, Integrating the Discernment of Spiritual Guidance in Family and Couples Therapy: Use of the Examen. Index. Reference Notes Included.

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